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Start-Up Visa Program of Japan

Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo

Keywords
Business manager visa and its hurdle

6- 10 months          Startup visa program

Tokyo Government        Two weeks

Two months           Five million yen

How to apply          Resident

Business Plan           By Post

Interview            Flowchart

Assumed that you are going to start a business and live in Japan. In that case you may think of acquisition of Business Manager Visa (Status of Residence of Business Manager けいえいかんり).

However in order to obtain Business Manager Visa, there are some hurdles.

You need to invest at least five million yen and / or hire two Japanese employees or Permanent residents.

If you can prepare five million yen, you can send the money to bank account in Japan.

If you do not have bank account in Japan, you will send it to bank account of your business partner or lawyer in Japan.

And you will use the five million yen as capital amount and incorporate your company.

When you incorporate a limited liability company (Godo Kaisha) in Japan, you need to pay registration tax of about 61,000 yen.

And you will pay about 88,000 yen for a lawyer (excluding immigration lawyer) in Japan.

Then in order to obtain Business Manager Visa, you need to prepare exclusive office space.

These processes are necessary BEFORE you apply for Business Manager Visa.

Before you obtain Business Manager Visa, you do not have legal address in Japan. In that case it is very difficult to rent an office space.

(If you have reliable business partner in Japan, it may be possible).

If you can rent an office space, amount of monthly rent may be 70,000 yen. You need to prepare office space before you apply for Business Manager Visa.

And it will take about 6 to 10 months to obtain Business Manager Visa from application to receipt of it.

During that period, you still need to pay monthly rental fee of 70,000 yen (It may be 70,000 yen * 6 months = 420,000 yen) .

So you may purchase an office space and it may cost 6,000,000 yen (in rural area).

Before you obtain Business Manager Visa, you will pay 61,000 yen + 88,000 yen + (420,000 yen OR 6,000,000 yen).

If you can fortunately obtain Business Manager Visa, it is nice. These payment will be worth it.

However if you can not obtain Business Manager Visa, these payment will be meaningless.

In order to avoid this kind of risk, you can apply for Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo.

(If you are going to operate your business in other area, you can not apply for Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo. Other than Tokyo, you can find other kind of Start-Up Visa Program)

In the case of ordinary business manager visa, you need to apply to immigration agency in Japan.

However in the case of Start-Up Visa Program, you can apply to Tokyo Government at first.

You can apply for Start-Up Visa Program to Tokyo government.

If it is approved by Tokyo Government, you can receive certificate of confirmation of business start-up activity.

It will take about 2 weeks to obtain certificate of confirmation of business start-up activity after you submit documents to Tokyo Government.
(It is much earlier compared to business manager visa)

And you can submit the paper and relevant documents to immigration agency and obtain status of residence of Business Manager.

So in the case of Start-Up Visa Program, you need to take two steps to obtain Business manager visa.
(Tokyo Government and Immigration Agency)

If you can fulfill requirements (physical office space and a company with capital amount of five million yen etc.) to obtain Business Manager Visa, you will not apply for Start-Up Visa Program. 

Instead you will fulfill requirement and submit documents to immigration agency without using Start-Up Visa Program.

When you use Start-Up Visa Program and receive Certificate of confirmation of business start-up activity, you will submit the paper to immigration office without delay.

And you will be able to obtain Business Manager Visa (“1st Business Manager Visa”) within 2 months or so.

Once you acquire 1st Business Manager Visa, you can obtain legal address.

It is nice that you can obtain legal address before you rent physical office space, incorporation of company.

So you may be able to rent an office space, open bank account by your name, incorporate a company.

In this way, you can complete these processes without cooperation of business partner in Japan.

However, in the case of Start-Up Visa Program, you still need to prepare five million yen etc. as deposit in your home country.

Because after you obtain 1st Business Manager Visa, you need to sustain your life in Japan. And when you renew your Business Manager Visa, you should prepare capital amount of five million yen or more.

However in the case you use Start-Up Visa Program, you do not need to deposit five million yen to other person’s bank account in Japan.

After you obtain 1st Business Manager Visa, you will prepare for starting your business. So you will rent an office space and incorporate a company etc. with capital amount of five million yen.

When you have completed such preparation, you will start business activity.

And until lapse of six months from acquisition of 1st Business Manager Visa, you will renew your status of residence to Business Manager Visa (2nd Business Manager Visa).

Because valid period of 1st Business Manager Visa is 6 months.

How to apply for Start-Up Visa Program ?

In the case you apply for Start-Up Visa Program, you need to determine your residence in Japan. At the time you apply for Start-Up Visa Program, you do not have legal address. So you will not be able to rent a residence. In that case you can look for suitable residential apartment and apply for it. You are not required to enter into lease contract paper. 

However at least you need to determine it and keep it.

If you are already living in Japan with other kind of status of residence, you can not apply for this Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo.
(However if you have status of residence of student, you can apply for Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo)

In order to apply for Start-Up Visa Program of Tokyo, you need to prepare detailed business plan with evidence.

Even if you say “I want to export vehicles to India”, you will not be able to obtain Start-Up Visa Program.

You will state that

“I will purchase 6 vehicles via car auction company named XYZ corporation. Actually I purchased 50 vehicles via XYZ corporation until now.

 Average purchase price is about 500,000 yen. These documents are such evidence.

And I have client companies in India. This is business agreement paper with ABC corporation in India. I sold 50 vehicles to them at 800,000 yen each vehicle. Then this is sales contract paper and invoice.

And I have paid income tax in India and this is such record.

After I obtain Business Manager Visa, I will be able to participate in car auction by my name.

In this way, my business can make more profit. Then I will hire Japanese employees and expand scale of my business.”

If you do not have any business experience relating to your new business in Japan ?

In that case, you should change your mind and need to have necessary business experience without living in Japan.

You can come to Japan with short term visa or operate your business remotely.

In order to apply for Start-Up Visa Program, you can not apply for it by post nor email.

When you prepare documents for Start-Up Visa Program, it should be written in Japanese language (unlike immigration agency) .
So, even if it is written in English language, you need to translate it into Japanese language.

When you have obtained confirmation of business start-up activity from Tokyo Government, you can visit immigration agency and apply for Business Manager Visa (1st Business Manager Visa).

Then after 6 months or earlier, you can renew your Business Manager Visa and obtain 2nd Business Manager Visa.

During this six months, you need to receive interview with a person of Tokyo Government in person (3 times during 6 months).

She will examine situation of your preparation.

So in the case you use Start-Up Visa Program, you need to submit documents to immigration agency twice within six months.
(for 1st Business Manager Visa and 2nd Business Manager Visa. So fee for immigration lawyer will increase)

And this Start-Up Visa program is relatively new arrangement. 

So some lawyers are not familiar with this system yet.

Flow chart of Start Up Visa Program of Tokyo

start up visa schedule